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Old 01-16-2012, 08:01 AM   #1
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Not sure if this is the correct part of the forum but I have a question. When I first moved into my house I noticed the paint peeling off the walls in my children's room. After curiosity got the best of me, I had pretty much peeled the paint off of all four walls only to find the sheetrock had been hung with the backer paper out. Now I am no expert but I thought the backer went to the studs with the white part out. I want to do this right the first time so am I correct on pulling the sheetrock down and putting up new? White side out that is.

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Old 01-16-2012, 09:39 AM   #2
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...am I correct on pulling the sheetrock down and putting up new?
Or applying another suitable veneer (like plaster).

Of far larger concern...
is what other jobs were done with this sort of basic ineptitude.

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Old 01-16-2012, 03:20 PM   #3
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Ya I was thinking about that but I think I want to have smooth walls by the end of this ordeal so I can put a couple of cool designs on for my daughter's. If I were to just do skim coats do you think that I would be able to pull off a smooth wall? I am trying to get this started and finished quickly so my kids have their room back fast. I am also looking at putting in a few built in shelves to access more floor space.
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It would be faster to go over the whole wall with 1/4 sheetrock then to try and skim coat and come out smoother.
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Awesome thank you joecaption. Now just make I understand correctly, pull down existing sheetrock and put up new 1/4" correct?
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1/4" would go over what you have, if you are taking it out use 1/2"
You can skim the entire wall with drywall mud, applying it with a paint roller. If this interests you I will give more info.
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There is one wall that looks like they just threw different sizes together. I just actually got to looking at it and there seems to be 1/2" and 1/4" on the same wall. Seems like the almost tried to float the wall but it did not work very well.
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definitely would like more info on the paint roller technique. I am trying to learn as much as possible and any advice is definitely a plus
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Here is a link to a video about skimming the entire wall using a roller to apply the mud.


Not sure how bad your walls are, sometimes it is better just to redo them.
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Are you sure it was hung wrong? Drywall made in the 40's and 50's (maybe even the 60's) actually had brown paper covering both the front and back.
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Are you sure it was hung wrong? Drywall made in the 40's and 50's (maybe even the 60's) actually had brown paper covering both the front and back.
well judging by the way the owner handles most things in the house I would have to say yes it is probably hung backwards. There are so many other things done bassackwards around the house that would suggest she just hired someone inexperienced to handle the job. I am thinking that 3 walls will be pulled down and replaced with 1/2" drywall so I can relocate outlets farther up the walls, and out of reach of curious minds, and the last wall will just be covered in 1/4". I am not so sure on whether or not I want to just cut out the sections with the outlets and panel over them or just pull the sheetrock down all together. I could post pictures of the walls if that would help any?
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now is it just me or is it in the video mae-ling posted the drywall is backwards there as well? I figured the sheetrock always went white out?
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I think it is a painted wall that is being fixed
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